Originally Posted by itsstillmatt
Didn't Zimmerman not invoke stand your ground?
Originally Posted by dopey
Really? Would you post that? It makes no sense since Zimmerman didn't make that claim. In any case, even if the Judge mentioned it, it is still impossible to see how anyone paying attention to the case could think it was a factor. But I suppose I should wait to see how the Judge used it.
Edit:Never mind. I found it. The Judge was speaking English (or trying) and not referring to the "Stand Your Ground" law. It was standard "no duty to retreat" language. If people have a beef with that, they must mean that you should be obligated to retreat from danger if possible rather than defend yourself.
BTW, the Coates piece is seriously unhinged. He acknowledges that Zimmerman should have been acquitted but concludes with this anyway:
Some argue that even if the defense did not use it, it did very much impact the case:
Mr. O’Mara said he did not rely on Stand Your Ground as a defense because Mr. Zimmerman had no option to retreat. A pretrial immunity hearing, which prosecutors said they had been expecting, would only have divulged his case. So Mr. O’Mara gambled on a jury trial.
“That was a brilliant strategic move,” Mr. Sharpstein said. “It precluded the state from previewing the defense.”
But Stand Your Ground did play a role when the police were contemplating whether to charge Mr. Zimmerman, said Tamara Lave, an associate professor of law at the University of Miami.
Under the law, if the police believe there is probable cause that someone acted in self-defense, as Mr. Zimmerman said he had, they are not allowed to make an arrest, she said. The self-defense claim also may have affected how thoroughly the police interviewed witnesses, preserved the crime scene and screened Mr. Zimmerman.
Eventually, the police arrested Mr. Zimmerman, but only after Gov. Rick Scott of Florida had appointed Ms. Corey as prosecutor.
At a news conference after the verdict, Ms. Corey said prosecutors had been hindered by the fact they inherited the case well into the investigation. Still, she forged ahead.